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BayArena Staduim (ATT 27,136) 10th August 2013 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: G Perl

Leverkusen Bayer Leverkusen vs SC Freiburg Freiburg

Leverkusen 3

S Kiessling (22)
H Son (46)
S Sam (52)

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Freiburg 1

M Hanke (40)

Fine start for Leverkusen

Last Updated: 10/08/13 5:09pm

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Heads up for Reinartz and Schuster.

Heads up for Reinartz and Schuster.

Bayer Leverkusen's new three-pronged attack inspired them to a fine 3-1 win over Freiburg and an ideal start to the season.

Last season's Bundesliga top-scorer Stefan Kiessling put them in front before Mike Hanke opened his account for Freiburg just before the break.

But Heung Min Son and Sidney Sam both struck early in the second half to kill off Freiburg, who played up the chance to get back into the game when Jonathan Schmid had a penalty saved.

Kiessling netted 25 times last season and he needed just 22 minutes to open his account for 2013/14.

Stefan Reinartz lifted the ball up inside the penalty area and one of the tallest players on the field rose to meet it, beating Matthias Ginter in the air and looping the ball over Oliver Baumann to give Leverkusen a deserved lead.

Hanke led Freiburg's riposte and after going close twice, he brought Christian Streich's men level five minutes before half time.

Schmid was the provider, teeing up the former Borussia Monchengladbach striker to score from 10 yards out.

It was rather harsh on Leverkusen, who had dominated the first half, but they soon regained their lead with Son keeping up with Sam as he broke through, and accepting his team-mate's gift from close range.

Five minutes later, Kiessling set up Sam to make it three with a composed finish.

The attacking trio looked a threat each time Leverkusen went forward with Sam's pace causing a whole host of problems to a Freiburg rearguard which looked like it could collapse at any moment.

Instead, Freiburg drew courage and earned a penalty when Oliver Sorg went down under the challenge of Lars Bender.

Schmid took responsibility for the penalty, but he was denied by Bernd Leno.

With that save, Freiburg's hopes of a recovery evaporated and Leverkusen played down the clock.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 18 45
2 Wolfsburg 18 37
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 18 30
4 Schalke 18 30
5 Bayer Leverkusen 18 29
6 FC Augsburg 17 27
7 Hoffenheim 17 26
8 Hannover 96 18 24
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 18 23
10 Cologne 18 22
11 Mainz 18 21
12 SC Paderborn 07 18 19
13 SC Freiburg 18 18
14 Hertha Berlin 17 18
15 Hamburg 18 17
16 Werder Bremen 17 17
17 Stuttgart 18 17
18 Borussia Dortmund 18 16